Monday, May 14, 2007

We Have Teeth!!

Ella finally got her first tooth this week and the second one looks like it will be coming up soon. Of course this opens up a whole new world of possibilities like cheerios!!
Here are a few other "firsts" this week:

Our first Mother's Day all together. I'm so thankful this Mother's Day to have both of my girls home. I love being their mom. My favorite thing about being their mom is watching them together. They have such a special bond and I can't wait to see how their relationship grows as they get older.

First Swing. We bought Ella a baby swing so she could swing beside her big sister. As you can see she loves it!

First time in the baby pool. It's been hot and humid this week so it's time to hit the water. We started out by getting the little baby pool out. The girls had a blast and didn't want to get out. Unfortunately, a couple hours even in the shade is about all we can take.

First trip to the beach. On Wednesday, mommy got brave and decided to take a trip to the beach. Claire loves the beach and so does mommy. Ella seemed to enjoy herself, but the water was still too cold for her, so she was happy to sit and play in her cabana!

First time in the big pool. Sunday we went to a friends house for lunch and then the girls went swimmimng in the "big: pool. Claire is becoming quite a little fish and we hope to start her in swimming lessons this year. Ella loved her floatie and became so relaxed, she almost fell asleep.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

What a Week

We've had a rough week this week. The week started with a trip to the chiropractor because I pulled a muscle in my back. On Ed woke up with gout in his left ankle. He's experienced this before and although it's painful, he knows that he has to stay off it, ice it, and give it time to heal. This means mommy was on her own. That evening the pediatrician called and said that Ella's lab work had come back and she had parasites. This just requires a ten day course of antibiotics--no big deal except that the medicine tends to cause stomach cramps. Friday, I took Ella to her well baby exam. She is doing really well. She is in the 25Th percentile for head circumference and weight (17lbs,she has not gained any weight due to the parasites) and 50Th percentile for height (27 inches). She will be starting physical therapy soon to give her a little boost with her mobility as she is nowhere near crawling yet. Other than that she was doing so great that they gave her five immunizations to start catching her up.(This will never happen again). I returned home to find Ed in excruciating pain. It appeared that he had gout in his right knee now as well. He could not even walk. We went straight to the emergency room and were there until 9:30pm. He was given two shots and some pain medication that caused some severe flu-like side effect for two days afterwards. When we arrived home poor Ella was running a fever and miserable. She was up all night not sleeping more than twenty minutes at a time. It took us all weekend to recover but we are finally on the mend. Here are a few pictures from the first part of the week.